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LEANZ Wellington - Arthur Grimes - Wellbeing in Public Policy

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Buddle Findlay

Aon Centre, Level 17

1 Willis Street

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LEANZ and Buddle Findlay are pleased to invite you to a seminar by Professor Arthur Grimes on the use of wellbeing measures in policy-making.

Venue: Buddle Findlay, Aon Centre, Level 17, 1 Willis Street, Wellington 6011

Date: 24 July 2018

Time: 5:30pm for refreshments, for a 6:00pm seminar start, followed by Q&A.

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Following Treasury’s development of its Living Standards Framework, the Minister of Finance has announced that 2019 will see the government’s first “Wellbeing Budget”. But all budgets deal with health, education, social assistance and other social outcomes. How might this one be different and – in particular – how might a wellbeing policy framework be devised and implemented to assist policy prioritisation? This presentation will examine alternative approaches to wellbeing frameworks, look at Treasury’s tentative work in the area, and then discuss the major challenges with implementing the approach in a meaningful fashion.

About the speaker:

Professor Arthur Grimes holds the Chair of Wellbeing and Public Policy at Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Government. He is also Senior Fellow at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, Chair of the Hugo Group (a network of 100 New Zealand corporates) and a member of the World Wellbeing Panel. Prior positions include Chairman and Chief Economist of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Chief Executive of Southpac Investment Management Limited, Chief Economist of the National Bank of New Zealand, and Board Member of the Financial Markets Authority.

Arthur has a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics and a BSocSc(Hons) from University of Waikato. His current research focuses on the economics of wellbeing, and on urban economics.


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